First U23 World Cup win for Filippo Colombo
UCI MTB World Cup Albstadt
The course in Abstadt might not be Colombo's favorite but it will forever remain the place where the Ticinese rider won his first ever round of the UCI MTB World Cup. Starting with number 7, Colombo had a good start and a very solid race. Attacking and controlling attacks at the forefront, he saw the leading group go from nine to two riders at the beginning of the last lap.
"I attacked in the first uphill of the course and got a little gap. French rider Antoine Philippe only could hold my pace and I battled to enter the last downhill in first position. I knew I had an advantage in the downhill with my Fourstroke; I was faster than everyone else and could make it to the finish. I am super happy!"
With his win, Colombo is also bringing the first U23 World Cup win to the BMC MTB Racing Team and the first victory at this level for the new BMC Fourstroke.
The U23 Swiss Champion will start the next World Cup in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic with the number 1 plate and the World Cup leader jersey on his shoulders.
In the men’s Elite race, Titouan Carod and Reto Indergand took 4th and 8th places respectively. Heavy rainfall took hold for a while in Albstadt but it wasn’t to displease Titouan Carod and Reto Indergand.
Reto Indergand had a very consistent race, riding in the chase group with cycling sensation Mathieu Van der Poel, Nino Schurter and Florian Vogel. Titouan Carod didn’t have the best start and had to fight his way up the field to eventually catch Indergand’s group in the second last lap with a couple of other riders.
In the meantime Mathias Flückiger took the lead of the race and Van der Poel took off chasing Sarrou for second place. There were still two spots on the podium to fight for and French Champion Carod crossed the finish line in 4th place thanks to a very strong finish. “I’m super happy with today’s result” he said. “This course is not really made for me. I prefer technical courses and this one is more of a physical one so it’s great to perform here. It gives me a great boost of confidence for next week in Nove Mesto.
Reto Indergand was another man. Crossing the line in 8th position, he scored his best ever World Cup result. “I could feel this week that I had good legs and was confident I could do well. The course here in Albstadt is a good one for me and I am really happy I could race at the forefront from start to finish.”
Two months after rupturing her shoulder ligaments, Julie Bresset stood on the start line with only 1h30 of racing so far this season. Starting from the sixth row, the French rider quickly found her way up the field and positioned herself for a potential top 20 finish. Unfortunately, the effect of a lack of racing and training became apparent with two laps to the finish. Bresset had to settle for 29th place; a positive result considering the injury she just overcame.
“I knew I would suffer so I was as serene as possible this week. I am missing racing time and I could definitely feel it in the last third of the race today but it is part of the process. I felt good on the bike and had fun in the descents; all in all I am happy with my race and how it went today.”
With Elisabeth Brandau (8th Short Track/7th XCO) and Ramona Forchini (6th Short Track/16th XCO) WINFORCE had to women's Elite rider starting from the first row and finishing in the Top 10/20!
Source: BMC Switzerland
Photo: Andreas Dobslaff